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Is there solid scientific evidence that hearing aids can fend off cognitive decline? A few studies have shown improvements in specific measured cognitive skills after months of hearing aid use, and some large longitudinal studies have had positive findings. However, these outcomes are still essentially “correlational.”
Many of the tests used in the standard auditory processing battery require the ability to maintain attention or to retain a certain number of auditory items in memory. Alternatively, they may be affected by deficits in receptive or expressive language. Therefore, objective tests that do not require a behavioral response may be useful in diagnosing and managing children with auditory processing deficits.
Given that older listeners rely on cognitive functions, such as working memory or attention, to improve speech understanding in difficult listening situations, it may be useful to develop auditory-cognitive training programs that target the older CI listener’s needs.
Audiologists are most interested in interventions that lead to better speech understanding. However, the evidence for the benefits of music training on speech-in-noise (SIN) performance has been mixed.
Mysteries of the Hearing Brain — What Can Rate Code Tell Us About Cochlear-Implant and Older Listeners?
Samira Anderson looks at how impaired rate discrimination may affect an older person’s ability to understand speech in a cocktail party scenario.
Anderson et al outline how their study results, paired with previous findings, support exploring how infants with HL utilize both TE and TFS for speech discrimination.
Samira writes about how analysis methods can be developed to extract the neural signal with fewer channels and expand our ability to objectively assess real-world hearing ability.
Samira Anderson relates the utility of using an array of evoked potentials to fully understand the nature of a patient’s complaints and remember that it is not possible to definitively conclude that a person has “normal hearing” based on an audiogram alone.
Due to the confusion of terms for various evoked potentials, in this column, Samira Anderson will clarify any confusion provide a brief history and summary of clinical uses of these potentials.
Auditory training may be an efficacious management recommendation for older adults. The success of this training is likely to be enhanced if it employs techniques known to enhance neuroplasticity.